Common Name: Golden Rain Tree
Botanical Name: Koelreuteria paniculata
Planted: May 11, 2005
Sponsor: Representative Barbara Lee
With advanced degrees in biology, Wangari Maathai was both an environmentalist and a political activist. In 1977, she led a national movement to reforest Kenya. Her organization is credited with planting about 30 million trees and making it a project for as many as 30,000 underemployed women.
The tree's most notable ornamental characteristic is the showy yellow flowers in early summer.